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Sebastian’s Last Hurrah

A celebration of a life we lost too soon. Sebastian was a joy to everyone who met him.

Sebastian’s Last Hurrah

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Busy Day!

We’ve had a busy day today!

We started with the farrier for half the herd – everyone is improving in this half.
Then Dr. Myran from Countryside Equine Medicine and Dentistry came out to visit Avery, Blue, Nick, and Penny.
Everyone jump for joy with us when we announce that Avery and Penny are NOT bred! They just have humongous grass bellies.
We are exploring suggested options for Nick to have front shoes to relieve some of his discomfort. This should be entertaining with him.
And last but not least Blue got a check up because he is just not gaining weight like we expect AND he managed to stab himself with something in the pasture. Yes we checked and could not find anything he could have done it with. Apparently it ran away as soon as it stabbed him. He’s already swelling and trying to get infected (we found it yesterday) so Blue gets some antibiotics to go with his topical treatment and cold hosing. Blue also had most all his teeth done today. We can definitely understand why it’s been taking so long for him to eat. Recheck in three weeks if not before. Blue will require additional dental work in a few months as Dr. Myran felt it was not prudent to take it all at one time.
 
As soon as Dr. Myran left we loaded up the trailer on what was hoped to be a pickup. Unfortunately we had to see Dr. Myran again at that location so we could help the horse cross the Rainbow Bridge. :'(
As always, THANK YOU Dr. Myran for being a great Veterinarian and helping us meet our mission goals!
 
We rushed back for feeding and to make it to Tractor Supply’s Friends and Family Event before closing tonight. We now have all of the fence and most of our fence posts for our upcoming installation. Now we need gates, galvanised pins, and poly tape electric fence insulators – and lots of assistance!
 
We ran inside after the rain started pouring 🙁 Tired fully explains our day.
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Saying goodbye to Sir John

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Sir John has been up and down with his health since his arrival in March of 2014. He was definitely a pleasure to know and love. Everyone always immediately wanted to meet him upon arrival to the rescue.

We lost Roamy last month and we feel that Sir John decided he was no longer going to fight with his lifetime buddy gone. The past week Sir John declined quickly and we were unwilling to continue keeping him in pain.

We said goodbye to Sir John at 1340 today with the most love we could. He had lots of visitors and treats over the past 24 hours to give him a great homegoing.

Sir John has touched every heart he encountered and will be greatly missed.

 

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Saying goodbye

The past few days have been rather horrible for us as we had to say goodbye to Roamy.

He was perfectly healthy two nights ago before he choked at the evening meal. Because our Vet was out of town we had to take him to another to get him tubed. Everything that could go wrong did and we brought him back home still partially obstructed. Our Vet drove 5 hours to clear the obstruction in the wee hours.

Yesterday Roamy refused all food and water, his temp and respirations were elevated, and he was again behaving as though he was choking. With an ultrasound our Vet came to the conclusion that his left lung had collapsed and he was smelling particularly foul so lots of necrosis already.

We said goodbye at 2320 hrs on 16 March 2016.

Rainbow Bridge

Because we wanted to know why our Vet performed an autopsy. His lung had definitely collapsed and was so far gone that it was falling apart.

Today we buried our Roamy, the first since we opened our gate, in a pretty clearing where he will soon grace us as a beautiful Dogwood tree.

Hug your four legged babies as much as you can. Roamy was such a kind old soul and will be greatly missed. He never misbehaved and was our go to guy for introducing our teen volunteers to horse care and riding.